The objective of the Miscanthus productivity network is to assess the potential of Miscanthus at different European locations and to assess its potential as a raw material for the energy, paper and construction industries.
Miscanthus is a temperate grass genus which contains exclusively C4 species. The genus consists of robust perennials with elongate linear leaf blades. The grass grows to a height of up to 4m annually and yields from Miscanthus vary from 15-20 dry tonnes of material per hectare. Yields of 26 dry tonnes per hectare have been recorded in Germany.
The Miscanthus productivity network consists of 18 research organizations located throughout Europe and its specific objectives are to:
- Determine the sustainable yield and quality of Miscanthus as a low input agricultural crop at different European locations with particular emphasis on Northern Europe.
- Assess the limitations which low temperature and other stress factors place on the growth of Miscanthus under European climatic conditions.
- Determine which genotypes of Miscanthus are most suitable for growth in the EC.
- Assess the environmental impact of growing Miscanthus as an agricultural crop and the environmental constraints of growing Miscanthus in the EC.
- Evaluate and test different technologies for harvesting, storage and drying the crop.
- Identify, evaluate and test selected end uses of Miscanthus especially in the energy, paper and construction industries.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
CB2 2DR Cambridge
7500 AE Enschede
AL5 2JQ Harpenden, Herts
15701 Santiago De Compostela
2825 Monte Da Caparica
CO4 3SQ Colchester